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Iona Yost - September 27, 2012


Iona Elizabeth Yost, age 92, passed away on Sept. 20, 2012, at the Hillcrest Care Center. She was born on May 8, 1920, north of Benkelman on the family farm to Raymond and Lula Martin.
She married Lloyd Yost in Benkelman, Neb. on Aug. 8, 1940. He preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1991.
Iona and Lloyd celebrated their 50th anniversary in August of 1991 with family and friends. What a joyous celebration!
Iona and Lloyd began their married life on the Yost homestead north of Wray, Colo. There they raised their four children, John, Dean, Caroline and Lloyd Jr.
The Yost children attended the one room schoolhouse, Mt. Hope. Iona was a 4-H leader for the Wauneta Club.
In the fall of 1956, Lloyd and Iona moved the family to Wray in order for them to attend school.
Iona worked various jobs to help support their family. Housekeeping for the Warren Stephenson family, childcare for Cleora (Witte) Fix, housekeeping and childcare for the Larry Mich’s family, cooking at Cedar dale, and being the dietician/cook at Wray Community Hospital filled her days before retirement.
Iona was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, Wray United Methodist Church, Sandhiller card club and the Pinochle club.
After retirement, she had the time for crafts, crocheting and visiting with her friends. She was always available to help her children when needed as well as helping any other members of her family including her brothers and sister when in ill health.
In addition, each of her children has a beautiful quilt made by their mother. Many people also sought out Iona to quilt for them.
In addition to her husband, Iona was preceded in death by brothers, Dudley, Nathan, Melvin, Harry and Noel Martin; daughter-in-law, Doretta; and granddaughter, Dorene Ray.
She is survived by her four children, John of Wray, Colo., Dean (Kay) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Caroline (Ross) of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Lloyd Jr. (Ruth) of Farmers Branch, Texas; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; her sister, Helen Adams of Curtis, Neb.; sister-in-law, Merrella Martin of Benkelman, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Yost and Bonnie Yost; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be remembered most for her deep love of family and friends, for her generous spirit, her comforting presence and her incredible zest for life.
If you choose donations can be made in memory of Iona to Hospice of the Plains or Wray United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colo. with Rev. Norman Stott officiating.
Interment was held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colo.
Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.